|Thomas Larson Memoir Writing Workshops|
|Memoir Writing Workshops|
Thomas Larson, renowned writer and memoir facilitator, is available for daylong, weekend, and weeklong workshops. He has taught beginning to advanced classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN, at Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe and Abiquiu, NM, and at Writing Centers in Bethesda, MD, and Indianoplis, IN. Currently, he teaches in the Low-Residency MFA program at Ashland University, Ashland, OH. He works one-on-one with writers, critiquing and editing manuscripts. The announcement below describes his basic workshop and can be used for advertising and promotion.
Join Thomas Larson, author of The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative, for a workshop in memoir writing. We begin by discussing the significant differences between traditional autobiography and contemporary memoir. Next we explore memoir’s demanding questions: Where do I begin? What is my focus? How do I discover the emotional truth of my story? How do I write about the living? With numerous writing prompts, we look at the mainstays of the memoir form: truth-telling and self-disclosure; sudden versus long-ago memoir; good and bad therapeutic writing; and the importance of metaphor and myth in the personal life.
What is a memoir?
A memoir is a story that focuses on the meaning and intensity of a singular relationship in the author’s life—unresolved feelings for a parent, a child, a sibling, a friend; coming to terms with a loss, an illness, a death; remembering a significant phase like childhood or adolescence or a period like college in which the writer was challenged or changed.